Paraffin inhibitors are used to protect the wellbore, production tree, and subsea pipelines/flowlines from plugging. The injection of these chemical inhibitors is dependent on the composition of the produced fluids. Injection can occur continuously at the tree, pipeline, manifold, and other critical areas while the production flow is hot, and to batch treatments at production start-up and shut-down processes. The wax content, pour point, and other factors are determined prior to beginning production to determine the chemical(s) needed, if any, and the best method for treatment. For a 10,000- BOPD (Barrels of Oil Per Day) well, the paraffin inhibitor could be injected at a rate of 30,000 gal per year (enough to ensure a 200-ppm concentration in the produced fluid flow).

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